One of the many reasons New Orleans is among the most popular places in the country to get married is its wealth of locations to fit every couple’s personality. From the romance of centuries old buildings with exposed brick and gas lanterns to dazzling modern and contemporary spaces, there is a fit for everyone’s needs and tastes.

In this issue, we are celebrating both the old and the new. Are you planning an engagement party? The Bevelo Gas & Electric Lights Museum in the French Quarter is the setting of “Light My Fire,” (page 56) in which we celebrate an engagement under the flicker and shimmer of hand forged gas lamps. Can you say instant atmosphere? In the 20-page fashion spread “Romance on Royal,” (page 62), our bride and groom celebrate in Old World grandeur at Latrobe’s on Royal. Glittering gowns set against the backdrop of weathered wood and peeling paint create a striking juxtaposition. Modern couples do not despair. Our Locations section offers up 10 sleek and stylish spaces with big city flair, including one of the newest venues in New Orleans, The Monastery, in “Down in the Treme” (page 108).   

Another reason a Crescent City wedding is like no other is, of course, the food and drinks. In the Cuisine & Cocktails section, we have the tasty scoop on small plate and brunch-style receptions, as well as everything you need to know about serving classic cocktails at your wedding.

If you are planning your honeymoon, be sure to check out “Anglophiles in the Isles” (page 142) and “London Calling,” (page 146). The new British Airways’ nonstop service to London is a game changer for those hoping to hop across the pond for a getaway steeped in history, lore and, of course, romance.

I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it and that it helps inspire you to create the Big Day of your dreams. Let’s plan a wedding!  
— Melanie Warner Spencer, Editor

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<< Gifting your bridal party is a time honored tradition and offering welcome baskets to out of town guests at the hotel is fast becoming a new tradition. Keep it simple with baskets from The Basketry. Visit the Luling retail location or shop online for sweet baskets sure to delight. We love the “A Wish for You,” option with bracelet, pouch, New Orleans’ Native Nail Polish, Voluspa candle and Le Grand Courtage Champagne. Cheers!